This initiative is part of preventive action plans for the rainy season in Espírito Santo
On 10th and 11th November, two alternative bodies for water withdrawal to supply Espírito Santo were open, one in the municipality of Colatina and the other in Linhares. The new water pipelines are the first improvement works delivered by the Renova Foundation, in partnership with the local public authorities, and are part of a set of actions, already in progress, to repair, restore and reconstruct the areas of the communities impacted by the collapse of the Fundão dam.
These works are also part of initiatives linked to the action plan for the rainy season by the Renova Foundation, made of preventive and contingency measures that have been implemented to minimize the impacts on society, the environment and the economic activities of the locations impacted by the collapse of the Fundão dam.
In Colatina, the new body built at the Santa Maria River has the capacity to supply around 50% of the demand from the Southern part of the city and should operate when the turbidity of the water from Doce River, the largest water source in the city, changes.
With an investment of BRL 3.5 million, the pipeline will withdraw the water, which will be treated by the local water utility company, Serviço Colatinense de Meio Ambiente e Saneamento Ambiental (Sanear) before supplying it to the population
According to Leonardo Deptulski, the Mayor of Colatina and President of the Doce River Basin Committee, “the pipeline at the Santa Marta River is the first construction by the Renova Foundation in Espírito Santo, but not the first action. Since the collapse of the dam many measures have been taken and many more are still to come. The pipeline was not built to replace the water withdrawal from Doce River, whose water remains the same as it used to be before the accident, but to ensure water supply to the city in case of need during the rainy season. I am sure that, in partnership with the Renova Foundation, we will leave a different and improved Doce River for the future generation.”
Still as part of the improvement measures of Colatinas’ public supply system there has been enhancements in infrastructure to optimize the main Water Treatment Plants (ETAs) of the city, by replacing almost 100% of the filter beds and performing preventive maintenance at the decanters and control valves.
NEW PIPELINE AT PANCAS RIVER
Another pipeline is also under construction in Colatina -this time, at the Pancas River-, which will supply ETA 2, at the Northern part of the city. 50% Of the construction work has been completed and it is forecasted to be delivered, on a temporary basis, by late November, enabling water to be carried. In January 2017, the Pancas River pipeline shall be delivered permanently.
In Linhares, the new structure was installed at Lagoa Nova and can also supply water to around 50% of the city, contributing to reduce supply dependency from Pequeno River.
Water withdrawn from Lagoa Nova will be taken to the Water Treatment Plant (ETA) from Linhares’ Autonomous Water Sanitation Service (SAAE), where it will be distributed to the city, which will define the best way to use the second water withdrawal. The water withdrawal from the Doce River will continue as normal and will supply the population with the same water quality as before the turbidity plume passed by, as confirmed by the reports hired by the Renova Foundation and independent entities.
With a 7-million BRL investment, the structure has been in operation since late September when the monitored operation started, period when the City of Linhares counted with the technical support of the Renova Foundation. All deadlines were in accordance with the agreement signed by Renova, the City, and the State Public Prosecutor.
Still as part of the improvement measures of Linhares’ public supply system, the Foundation is installing, in Regência, a Mobile ETA, which will be operating until the ETA renovation going on now, also by Renova, is completed in July 2017.
“In addition to the pipeline delivered to the city and the other works under construction, the Renova Foundation has performed important social work, keeping an open and honest dialogue with the population, the public administration and the Justice. I am sure the Renova Foundation will return a much more improved Doce River to us”, stated Welio Pompermaye, Chief Secretary of the City of Linhares’ Office.”